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Cornell University Library: Ivory Vikings | Nancy Marie Brown

In the early 19th century, on a Hebridean beach in Scotland, the sea exposed an ancient treasure cache: 93 chessmen carved from walrus ivory and whales’ teeth between AD 1150-1200. Norse netsuke, each face individual, each full of quirks, the Lewis Chessmen are probably the most famous chess pieces in the world. Harry played Wizard’s …

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CBC: Possible New Viking Site in Newfoundland

Researchers believe they’ve found a second Viking settlement in Newfoundland.  

National Museum of Ireland: Viking Ireland 7 – Daily Life in Viking Ireland

What do walrus tusks and amber beads have to do with everyday life in Dublin during the Viking Age? Dr Patrick F Wallace, former Director of the National Museum, discusses finds from excavations from one of the world’s best preserved Viking towns: Dublin.  

National Museum of Ireland: Viking Ireland 5 – Arrival of Vikings & Beliefs

Are Viking burial sites still being discovered and what can they tell us? Maeve Sikora, Assistant Keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, discusses what the Vikings believed, and how objects found in graves excavated in Dublin help us understand Viking culture.  

National Museum of Ireland: Viking Ireland 4 – Viking Women in Ireland

What can the artefacts found buried with Viking women in Ireland tell us about their lives? Maeve Sikora, Assistant Keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, focuses on everyday objects excavated at burial sites and what they tell us about the role of women at the time.  

National Museum of Ireland: Viking Ireland 1 – Weapons – The Axe

What’s the difference between a Viking axe designed as a weapon and one designed for cutting wood? Dr Andy Halpin, Assistant Keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, discusses three newly discovered Viking battle axes found at Lough Corrib in Co. Galway.  

Stockholm University: Viking Age dragon’s head – “a sensational discovery”

In May 2015 a unique dragon’s head was found during an excavation in the Viking Age harbour on the island of Birka, which lies a few miles from Stockholm. The find is described as “sensational” by Lena Holmquist, Associate Professor at Stockholm University and one of the archaeologists that discovered the Viking Age dragon’s head. …

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Kansas City Public Library: Anders Winroth | The Age of the Vikings

The Vikings maintain their grip on our imagination, but their image is too often distorted by medieval and modern myth. It is true that they pillaged, looted, and enslaved. But they also settled peacefully and developed a vast trading network. They traveled far from their homelands in swift and sturdy ships, not only to raid …

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Nancy Marie Brown: The Song of the Vikings, Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths

Nancy Marie Brown takes us back to medieval Iceland and introduces us to perhaps the greatest storyteller of the period, Snorri Sturluson. Part of the Art and Culture Series at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum is a private, nonprofit public library and art gallery located in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.  

Neil Price: The Shape of the Soul: The Viking Mind and the Individual

Professor Neil Price delivers the third of three lectures (part I, part II),  focusing on the fundamental role that narrative, storytelling and dramatization played in the mindset of the Viking Age (8th-11th centuries), occupying a crucial place not only in the cycles of life but particularly in the ritual responses to dying and the dead. …

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Neil Price: Life and Afterlife: Dealing with the Dead in the Viking Age

Professor Neil Price delivers the second of three lectures (part I), focusing on the fundamental role that narrative, storytelling and dramatisation played in the mindset of the Viking Age (8th-11th centuries), occupying a crucial place not only in the cycles of life but particularly in the ritual responses to dying and the dead. Early medieval …

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Niel Price: The Children of Ash: Cosmology and the Viking Universe

Professor Neil Price delivers the first of three lectures (part II, part III) focusing on the fundamental role that narrative, storytelling and dramatization played in the mindset of the Viking Age (8th-11th centuries), occupying a crucial place not only in the cycles of life but particularly in the ritual responses to dying and the dead. The …

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